This Day for You - July 8
Vasco da Gama's first voyage to India
On this day in 1497, Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon with a fleet of four vessels, and he ultimately opened a sea route from western Europe to Asia by way of the Cape of Good Hope, ushering in a new era in world history.
You Share Your Birthday with:
1908 – V. K. R. Varadaraja Rao, Indian economist, politician, professor and educator
1972 – Sourav Ganguly, Indian cricketer. Read things you didn’t know about him in Inspiration today!
On this Day:
1954 – Bhakra Nangal Hydroelectric Project inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
1994 – North Korea’s “Great Leader” dies. Kim Il-Sung, the communist dictator of North Korea since 1948, dies of a heart attack at the age of 82.
1996 – The British pop band the Spice Girls released their debut single, Wannabe, which helped make them an international sensation.